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Verlander keeps Blue Jays on the skids

Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings, Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer and the Detroit Tigers routed the slumping Toronto Blue Jays, 11-1, last night.

Jackson went 4-for-5 with a walk and scored four times as the Tigers pounded out 16 hits while playing without achy slugger Miguel Cabrera.

Torii Hunter had three RBI and Prince Fielder drove in a pair of runs as the Tigers won for the ninth time in 11 meetings with Toronto.

Verlander (9-5) allowed three hits, all singles, while winning for the first time since June 7 at Cleveland. It was his first start in Toronto since he pitched his second career no-hitter on May 7, 2011.

The Blue Jays lost for the eighth time in 11 games since matching a franchise record with an 11-game winning streak.

YANKEES 9, TWINS 5

Vernon Wells drove in three runs, and the Yankees pounded rookie Kyle Gibson while finishing a four-game sweep.

Travis Hafner had three hits and scored twice, and Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run triple among his three hits for the Yankees, who scored 29 runs in the series.

The Yankees didn’t even need their usual super-sized contribution from Robinson Cano, whose streak of six straight multihit games ended without reaching base. He still batted .500 on the seven-game road trip with 11 RBI.

Justin Morneau homered twice for the Twins, one-third of his season total. But Gibson (1-1) gave up 11 hits and eight runs in 5 1∕3 innings.

WHITE SOX 3, ORIOLES 2

Adam Dunn hit a game-ending solo homer off Tommy Hunter in the ninth inning, lifting the White Sox to the win.

Dayan Viciedo flied out to left before Dunn drove a full-count pitch from Hunter (3-2) over the wall in left for his 23rd homer. It was the third hit of the game for Dunn, who also had two RBI.

ROYALS 10, INDIANS 7

Lorenzo Cain hit his first career grand slam, Salvador Perez provided a bases-loaded double in the eighth inning and the Royals rallied to get the win.

Kansas City trailed 5-0 before Cain’s slam and a solo shot by George Kottaras tied it in the sixth. The Indians regained the lead on Carlos Santana’s two-run double in the seventh, but the Royals answered in the bottom half on a two-run homer by Eric Hosmer.

RAYS 7, ASTROS 5, 11 INN.

Yunel Escobar drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning that sent Tampa Bay to the victory.

Escobar and Desmond Jennings each doubled twice and singled, helping the Rays win for the fifth time in six games.

Jose Lobaton walked to start the 11th and moved to second on a passed ball by Jason Castro. Escobar then doubled into the right-field corner off Josh Fields (0-1).

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Nationals 8, Brewers 5

Wilson Ramos hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning in his Fourth of July return to Washington, leading a matinee win over Milwaukee.

Back after missing 44 games with a strained left hamstring, Ramos had three hits and a career-high five RBI as the Nationals earned a split of the four-game series and moved back above .500 in their seesaw season.

Ian Desmond, moved to the No. 2 spot in a lineup “epiphany” from Manager Davey Johnson, had three hits, stole two bases and scored two runs. Taylor Jordan allowed two runs over 5 2∕3 innings in his second major league start, and Drew Storen (3-2) got the win despite blowing a 5-2 lead in the seventh.

DIAMONDBACKS 5, METS 4, 15 INN.

Cliff Pennington hit an RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning and Arizona, boosted early by Gerardo Parra’s bunt double, outlasted the Mets to split an exhausting series at Citi Field.

Arizona scored in the final three innings but couldn’t close out the feisty Mets until Brad Ziegler retired Kirk Nieuwenhuis on a grounder with runners at second and third to end a game that lasted 5 hours, 46 minutes.

Anthony Recker and Nieuwenhuis hit tying homers in consecutive extra innings for New York, which dropped its final home appearance before hosting the All-Star game July 16.

In a span of four days, the teams played a 13-inning game, a 15-inning marathon and two others delayed by rain for a total of 3 ½ hours.

Chaz Roe (1-0) got the win. Scott Rice (3-5) took the loss.

PHILLIES 6, PIRATES 4

Major league loss leader Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings, Carlos Ruiz hit a tiebreaking single and Philadelphia beat Gerrit Cole and Pittsburgh.

Hamels (3-11) gave up one earned run and five hits, striking out eight without a walk. The former World Series MVP won for the first time since June 5.

Cole (4-1) lost for the first time in the majors after becoming the first Pirates’ pitcher to win his first four career starts since Nick Maddox in 1907. Cole allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 1∕3 innings.

Jonathan Papelbon worked a perfect ninth inning for his 17th save in 21 opportunities.

MARLINS 4, BRAVES 3

Donovan Solano had a pinch-hit, go-ahead single off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning to lift Miami.

Marcell Ozuna had three hits, including a homer, and drove in two runs for Miami.

A.J. Ramos (3-2) allowed one hit with four strikeouts in two scoreless innings. Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his 17th save.

INTERLEAGUE

ATHLETICS 1, CUBS 0

Derek Norris scored on a passed ball with two outs in the seventh inning and that was enough for Oakland to get the victory.

Dan Straily (5-2) pitched seven innings of one-hit ball after being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the day. He made the start to allow a sore Jarrod Parker to get two extra days of rest.

Norris walked with two outs and went to third on Seth Smith’s single.

Oakland then sent Eric Sogard to the plate to hit for Adam Rosales, and Matt Guerrier threw an 0-1 pitch to the outside part of the plate. Sogard swung and missed, and it went off the glove of Welington Castillo, allowing Norris to score the unearned run.

It was the first appearance for Guerrier (2-4) since he was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ryan Cook pitched the eighth for Oakland and Grant Balfour finished for his 21st save in 21 chances, completing the two-hitter.

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